Postdoc Numerical Studies of Laminar to Turbulent Transition for Stratified Boundary Layers

Postdoc Numerical Studies of Laminar to Turbulent Transition for Stratified Boundary Layers

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24 Jan 15 Feb Delft

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From concentrated solar power plants to rocket engines, energy conversion systems are continually re-engineered to perform ever better. Often this involves fluids being pushed into the supercritical region, where highly non-ideal thermodynamic effects are at play. Yet, our fundamental understanding of flow physics at such conditions lags behind to successfully realize these exciting engineering applications.

In this exciting project, funded by the European Research Council, we will investigate the processes on how a laminar fluid becomes turbulent if the fluid is in the supercritical region. Preliminary results indicate, that at certain conditions, it is hardly possible to make a laminar flow turbulent. This has not been observed so far, and in this particular project we will use a combination of analytical approaches, numerical simulations (direct numerical simulation) and experiments to investigate this observation in detail.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for an excellent Postdoc candidate with a strong background in flow stability analysis, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, or a related discipline. As a Postdoc researcher you will be responsible for analysing the stability of flows with fluids in the highly non-ideal supercritical fluid region, using analytical approaches. You are expected to collaborate in a team of PhD students who will perform complementary numerical simulations and experimental investigations.

To apply, you should have the following qualifications:

  • PhD in mechanical engineering or a related area, with a strong background fluid mechanics and flow stability analysis.
  • Proven experience in the field of flow stability as well as strong mathematical skills.
  • Intrinsic motivation for research and a good publication record.
  • Ease with teamwork in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Proficiency in English and excellent communication skills.   

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD04942


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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